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Sunday, March 28, 2010

What Wildly Unpopular Health Care Bill That I Voted For?

I don't blame him for changing the subject:

"Mark Warner has worked for more than a year to develop new guidelines for overseeing large institutions."

That would explain his vote on ObamaCare. He was paying attention to legislation that will affect "Wall Street, big banks, hedge funds, insurers, mortgage brokers." and never read that which is going to affect the lives of average Americans in a profound - and horrific - way.

He was elsewhere.  Sorry.

Did Boucher Sacrifice His Political Career ...

... on the shores of environmental extremism?

I'm reminded of a lesson from World War II regarding the 1942 Allied raid on Dieppe:
The Dieppe Raid, also known as The Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter or later on Operation Jubilee, during the Second World War, was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The assault began at 5:00 AM in the morning and by 9:00 AM the Allied commanders had been forced to call a retreat.

No major objectives of the raid were accomplished. A total of 3,623 of the 6,086 men who made it ashore were either killed, wounded, or captured (almost 60%). The Allied air forces failed to lure the Luftwaffe into open battle, and lost 106 aircraft. The Luftwaffe only lost 48 aircraft while the Royal Navy suffered 555 casualties. The catastrophe at Dieppe later influenced Allied preparations for Operation Torch and Operation Overlord.
Over 4,000 casualties.

And nothing was accomplished.

A complete and tragic waste.

Because those who planned the raid had no inkling as to what they were doing or why they were doing it, and, worse yet, they had no understanding of, or interest in the human lives that would be affected by their decisions.*

Which takes us to Congressman Rick Boucher - Democrat, 5th District, Virginia.

Despite all expert testimony to the contrary, Boucher signed onto Obama's cap-and-trade global warming bill that was certain to decimate the economies of the coalfield counties in his district, virtually half his district.  "What was he thinking?" everyone was asking.  "Has he caved to Washington special interests?"  "Did he accept bad advice?"  Did he not know how his decision would be received by those to be most affected by it?"  "Was some abstract notion about 'climate change' more important to him than the well-being of those to whom he owes his career and livelihood?"

"Did Rick Boucher make the mistake of his lifetime and sacrifice his legacy?"

If not then, now.  The bill he chose to support is dead:
‘Cap and Trade’ Loses Its Standing as Energy Policy of Choice
By John M. Broder, New York Times

Washington — Less than a year ago, cap and trade was the policy of choice for tackling climate change.

Environmental groups and their foes in industry joined hands to embrace the approach, a market-driven system that sets a ceiling on global warming pollution while allowing companies to trade permits to meet it. President Obama praised it by name in his first budget, and the authors of the House climate and energy bill passed last June largely built their measure around it.

Today, the concept is in wide disrepute, with opponents effectively branding it “cap and tax,” and Tea Party followers using it as a symbol of much of what they say is wrong with Washington.

Why did cap and trade die? [link]
With its demise we may have witnessed the death of Rick Boucher's career as a United States representative.

Washed up on the rock-strewn shores of Dieppe.  Because he had no inkling as to what he was doing or why he was doing it, and, worse yet, no understanding of, or interest in the human lives that would be affected by his decision.

A complete waste.

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* I know.  It was a different era.  Lives were cheap commodities in the days when hundreds of millions were at war with one another and fifty million would lose their lives.  What's four thousand?  

Four thousand grieving mothers still.

Someone Needs To Ask This Backstabber ...

... two questions:

Mr. Stupak:

(1) If Obama's executive order has the force of law, why wasn't it allowed by your Democrat buddies to be included in his health care bill that actually, and assuredly, has the force of law?

(2) In the strained - and sadly pathetic - excuse you gave this morning in the Washington Post (see "Why I wrote the 'Stupak amendment' and voted for health-care reform"), you wrote the following: "We received ... an 'ironclad' commitment from the president that no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for abortions." Because money is fungible, as are politicians' unwavering commitments to rock-solid principles, will taxpayer dollars be allocated to companies or individuals who perform abortions?

You are all scratching your heads right now. The man said our tax dollars wouldn't go to those human slaughterhouses like Planned Parenthood, didn't he?

No, he didn't.  He said our dollars wouldn't be channeled directly toward the abortion procedure.  Planned Parenthood will still get its federal subsidies and will still slaughter our young.

His are called "weasel words" for a reason.

A question for the rest of you: Planned Parenthood performs 250,000 abortions a year. And gets taxpayer dollars by the boatload.  What was it again that Stupak succeeded in preventing with his executive order?

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Oh, and you might be interested in the actual excuse Stupak gave in his op/ed for changing his vote:  It was going to pass anyway, so what the hell.

You folks in Michigan must be really proud.

Seeing What Their Warped Minds Want Them To See

How do you look at this (black) Tea Party protester...

... and this (black) Tea Party protester ...

... and see this:

If you're an ultra-liberal (and not very bright) New York Times columnist, you see past all that, past the words spoken by the hundreds of thousands of participants across this land, and you know the real reason they assemble.  The real reason that is never uttered.  That has never manifested itself.  But is there just the same.

Frank Rich, New York Times columnist (who, I'll bet, has never spoken to a Tea Party protester) sees in the group that has formed to get government off our backs as being a seething cauldron of racism and bigotry.

And, of course, he probably believes it.

Speaking of bigotry ...

Noun: bigot  bi'gut
1. A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
2. Frank Rich

The Fallout From ObamaCare

We tried explaining it to the Democrats in Washington.  And to the mainstream media.  It fell on deaf ears.

Maybe soon the sledgehammer upside the head that comes in the form of layoffs, downsizings, and reduced employee benefits that will sweep the country will make them understand.

Remember this?

"Most Americans who get their coverage from their workplaces will see no major change ..."
"Insurance rates will begin to come down ..."
-- Roanoke Times editorial --

Cold, hard reality:
The ObamaCare Writedowns
The corporate damage rolls in, and Democrats are shocked!
Wall Street Journal editorial

It's been a banner week for Democrats: ObamaCare passed Congress in its final form on Thursday night, and the returns are already rolling in. Yesterday AT&T announced that it will be forced to make a $1 billion writedown due solely to the health bill, in what has become a wave of such corporate losses.

This wholesale destruction of wealth and capital came with more than ample warning. Turning over every couch cushion to make their new entitlement look affordable under Beltway accounting rules, Democrats decided to raise taxes on companies that do the public service of offering prescription drug benefits to their retirees instead of dumping them into Medicare. We and others warned this would lead to AT&T-like results, but like so many other ObamaCare objections Democrats waved them off as self-serving or "political."

On top of AT&T's $1 billion, the writedown wave so far includes Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Verizon has also warned its employees about its new higher health-care costs, and there will be many more in the coming days and weeks.

The consulting firm Towers Watson estimates that the total hit this year will reach nearly $14 billion, unless corporations cut retiree drug benefits when their labor contracts let them.

Meanwhile, John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader reported this week that ObamaCare could cost the Granite State's major ski resorts as much as $1 million in fines, because they hire large numbers of seasonal workers without offering health benefits. "The choices are pretty clear, either increase prices or cut costs, which could mean hiring fewer workers next winter," he wrote. [link]
There is no rule in the financial accounting world (that I'm aware of) that prescribes a date-certain when the announcement of a restatement of earnings has to occur, so other corporations are taking their time to crunch their numbers and prepare similar announcements.  But they too will come.  These are only the first of many.

Many.  Many.  Many.

Obama and his pals thought they could put the squeeze to America's "evil" corporations.  As it turns out, they're finding (they're just finding out!) that those corporations are, in fact, nothing more than formal relationships between human beings.  Human beings trying make a buck and put food on the table.  He succeeded in taking some of that food - and a lot of their money - away from them.  And now he and the other geniuses in Washington are shocked that their seizure of assets has produced a negative result.

The wrong people are suffering here, if you ask me.